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Unique, on-the-ground assessment of the Asian macroeconomic environment for business executives trying to weigh-up the risks and rewards of investing across different countries in Asia.

Mr Bhaskaran is a leading Asian economist based in Singapore with over 20 years of experience following the economic, political and security issues across the Asia Pacific region.

He has covered Asian economies and politics in great detail since 1982, firstly within the Singapore government service, then as the Chief Economist of an investment bank. He travels extensively to meet with senior policy and business leaders which gives him much more than just an economist's view of the region. 

He therefore provides invaluable insights into the economies of Southeast Asia, China, India, Japan and Korea and looks at risks associated with key political events in the region and their implications.  He also comments in detail on the implications of China’s rise, in particular as it moves up the value chain and explores what this means for the rest of Asia and for international trade and global businesses.

He heads the Asian office of Washington DC-based strategic advisory firm, The Centennial Group, directing its economic research practice which provides in-depth analysis of macro trends in Asia. He works extensively with investment institutions, government agencies and corporations. Prior to joining Centennial Group, he was previously Managing Director and Chief Economist for SG Securities (previously Crosby Securities).

The on-the-ground assessment of Asia’s macroeconomic environment is invaluable for business executives, especially those who are involved in asset allocation across countries in Asia or who are with MNCs trying to weigh-up the risks and rewards of investing across different countries in Asia.

He is widely published in Singapore and across Asia and is a regular columnist for the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan) and The Edge (Singapore). In addition to writing and editing, he is a leading figure in a number of economic institutions. These include the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) where he is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, the Economics Society of Singapore, of which he is Vice President and also the Council, and Executive Committee, of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).

He is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge University and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


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